Inter District XC Champs Selection

Massive congratulations to the following MRR athletes on their selection to represent the North at the Inter District XC Champs in Edinburgh on Sat 13th Jan 2018.

Zara Gill, Beth Urquhart, Nicole Taylor
Ellyn Smith, Niamh Whelan, Grace Whelan Sophia Green, Louise Cartmell, Iona Craft, Kirstie Rogan, Michelle Slater

Roy Taylor, Bruce Newlands, Blair Milne
Joshua Milne, Morgan Lewis, Cameron Main
Kenny Wilson, James Wilson, Robbie Paterson
Paul Taylor
(Reserves – Gareth Jenkins, Paul Rogan)

Leeds Abbey Dash – 05/11/2017

Kenny Wilson pulled on the Scotland vest today to run the Leeds Abbey Dash 10km.  This was his first outing representing his country but I am sure it won’t be his last.  His comments on this race are below:

”  Thanks everyone for the messages of support.  Really cool to say I have now ran for Scotland.  30:44 and 28th place.  Hoped for a bit more in the second half of my race, but a couple of lessons learned and just need to keep working hard in training.  Great runs from my teammates Logan in 29:28 for 6th and Lachlan 30:11 for 19th.

A big well to Kenny from all at Moray Road Runners

Report by:  Robert Bruce

Knockfarrel Hill Race – 04/11/2017

Clean at the start

There were 3 MRRs racing at this race with all runners getting placed

1st lady and North district champion was Kirstie Rogan

2nd V40 for her dad Paul Rogan and 2nd senior male in the districts for Robbie Paterson.

Great results and congratulations to all who ran today.

Pictures

Report by:  Robert Bruce

National XC Relays – Cumbernauld – 28/10/2017

What a fantastic day at the National XC Relays. Strong headwinds on the long uphills, fast downhill sections, deteriorating conditions underfoot for the later runners and not much flat to speak of just about sums up the 4k Cumbernauld course.

The decision was made to enter a Senior Team plus a Vets Team and the decision paid off with Gareth Jenkins, Colin Green, Martin Bain and Paul Rogan finishing an excellent 5th out of 29 Vets teams, just 46 seconds off Bronze.

A strong opening leg from James Wilson set the Senior team up nicely and fine efforts from Andy Alexander, Jason James and Nigel Williams saw the team finish 69th from 88 complete senior teams. A great performance given recent (ongoing) injuries for some.

Thank you to everyone who journeyed down. It was great to see Team Yella mixing it on the National Stage.

Report by:  Gareth Jenkins

North District XC Relays – 14/10/2017

2 Golds, 2 Silvers, 1 Bronze and everyone giving it their all sums up an outstanding day for MRR at the North District XC Relays. East Sutherland AC once again played host to the Relays with the Edderton course providing the usual mix of hills, water and excellent conditions.

First off were the junior girls with 3 MRR teams on the start line. A great effort from the girls with the team of Beth Urquhart, Ellyn Smith and Grace Whelan proving too good on the day for their rivals to claim Gold and set the standard for the other teams. Well done to Harriet, Nicole, Niamh, Megan, Morven and Grace for tremendous runs over the 2.5k course and for providing great vocal support throughout.

2 MRR boys teams battled hard in the junior boys race with  the trio of Roy Taylor, Joshua Milne and Blair Milne rewarded with a Bronze, not too far behind Ross County and Inverness Harriers. Our other team of Liam, Bruce and Morgan could not have given anymore and can be justifiably proud of their performance.

The Senior Men and Ladies set off together with senior and masters medals up for grabs. Our 5 teams performed admirably with the Leg 1 runners jostling for positions over the 4k course. Without knowing the running order of other teams it is hard to predict how things will unfold but what an outstanding effort from the Senior Ladies team to power through to take Gold from HHR and Forres Harriers. Really well done Susan Rae, Justine Blaszk and Louise Cartmell. The Masters team of Karen, Amanda and Maria and, also, Clare made sure that yellow vests were prominent throughout the race with our Masters just missing out on Bronze.

In the Men’s race it was always going to be hard against powerful Inverness Harriers A and B Teams and an excellent HHR Masters Team. Therefore, Senior Silvers for Colin Green, James Wilson, Gareth Jenkins and Kenny Wilson and Masters Silvers for Martin Bain, Robert Bruce, Nigel Williams and Andy Alexander were the best MRR could have hoped for so a great effort from the men and, also, Jason, Brian, Darrin and Simon for a strong B Team performance. Well done also to Kenny for posting the joint fastest leg of the day.

Everyone should be incredibly proud of their part in making this another successful day for the Club so well done everybody and thank you as always to our East Sutherland hosts, Ross Cairns and SA officials for a fantastic event.

Report by:  Gareth Jenkins

Grampian Athletics League Final – 10/09/2017

What a fantastic day at the Grampian Athletics League Final today in Aberdeen. All age groups represented and outstanding contributions from all our athletes in attendance, especially from those who willingly stepped out of their comfort zone to pick up as many team points as possible. A special mention must go to the new U11 Girls Grampian Athletics League Champions……Moray Road Runners 

Thank you as always to the athletes, parents, helpers and coaches for another great season.

Gareth Jenkins

MRR U11G 2017 North of Scotland Champions competing against the likes of Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness etc at 100m, 800m, HJ and SP in A and B String races and the 4 x 100m. Really proud of Aaliyah, Mica, Lauren and Julia – 9 races; 6 wins, 1 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd and 1 x 4th = 65 pts from a HPS of 72. An absolutely fantastic team performance

Pictures

Peter McCloud

Scottish 10km Champs – Stirling

Kenny and Susan

Wow excited is the word today!

Kenny Wilson finished 4th in the Scottish 10k champs in Stirling with a great 25sec pb of 30.46

Susan Rae finished in 43.11. Rain and windy in bits but outstanding run!

Great running guys

Results

Report by:  Carol Sim

Fife Athletic Club Festival of Trail Running & Scottish Mid Trail Championships – 02/09/2017

Another good result from Grace Whelan.

Grace won U17s by a minute. She said it was more like a hill race than a trail!

Her sister Alex in the pic was in the u11 fun run

Information

Report by:  Carol Sim

 

Final long and triple jump open meet. Knockando -27/08/2017

Georgie Newlands, Kyle Wilkinson, David Scott (Forres), William Hodi (Nairn), Katie Walker, Archie Bain, Hannah Wallace (Cumbernauld), Scott Hamilton (Elgin)

8 athletes representing 5 clubs participated at the last of the Knockando open jumps meets for this season.

We saved the best till last with Archie Bain gaining 4 PB out of 6 jumps finishing with 3.34m.

Georgie Newlands U15g had to battle with Cumbernauld’s Hannah Wallace, who proved just a little bit stronger.

The U15 boys with Kyle Wilkinson (MRR), David Scott (Forres) and William Hodi (Nairn) had a good long jump competition but an even better triple jump. Kyle Wilkinson has never competed at TJ but was persuaded to give it a try competing against the Scottish ranked #4 and #7.

Kyle’s second jump took him to #1 in the TJ U15b rankings and needless to say a new MRR club record.

Archie, Romilly Cruickshank, Katie Walker, Kyle Wilkinson and William Hodi took the medals for most improved PB over the series.

Our meets series has attracted top seeded athletes in different age groups in both long and triple jump. We look forward to next season and more great competitions.

Our thanks to the officials, without whom these meets could not take place.

Report by:  Marjery Swinton

Scottish U15 Age Championships

These were held in Scotstoun, Glasgow on Sunday 20/08/2107

Inspired after his visit to the World Championships, 13 year old Kyle Wilkinson won bronze in long jump with yet another massive PB of 5.86m. He has broken the club long jump record 3 times this season.

Report by:  Marjery Swinton